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Old 10-20-2010, 02:17 AM
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I have done a lot of research on Nitrogen use for a long-haul trucking company. There are several advantages, many of which Rootbeer mentioned. And, contrary to belief, once you switch to Nitro you do not have to use it to top off your tire, you can use regular air, especially in an emergency. You would just want to get the tire purged and refilled if you add a lot. That being said, through my study, the cost offset really isn't there unless you drive in places with extreme temperature variations, and/or put a lot of miles on your tires (hence trucking/fleet use). The cost offset is realized through the (however small it may be) extension of wear, and consistent MPG that results in Nitro's ability to maintain a more constant pressure. Alternatively put, in a passenger vehicle if you compared the the entire life of the same two sets of tires, one set with air, one with Nitro, you'd likely see some savings, but how much savings you'd see compared to the extra effort/money Nitro filling involves, it would not likely be much.
Just some factual research I did ...with a dash of opinion thrown in of course...
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